A Meeting of Land and Sea: Nature and the Future of Martha's Vineyard

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8.6 X 10.1 X 1.3 inches | 3.45 pounds

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About the Author

David R. Foster is a faculty member in biology, Harvard University, and director of the 4,000-acre Harvard Forest. He also serves on the board of the Edey Foundation and Trustees of Reservations on Martha's Vineyard. He divides his time between Petersham and West Tisbury, MA.


"[A] deeply researched, thorough, and hopeful examination of how the island has been shaped by man and nature over time--and how we might best think about preserving it."--Boston Globe
"Lush and handsome, both exhaustive in its exploration of the island's natural landscape and profoundly considerate of the human impact--past, present and future--upon that landscape."--Alexandra Styron, Wall Street Journal
"A comprehensive look at the natural history of the Island."--Martha's Vineyard Times
"Foster . . . brings his insight from his life-long work to this volume."--Choice
"A rich and compelling collection of maps and photographs, charts and graphs, science and local stories that provide a new perspective on the singular and iconic island, its past and present, and in the offing, its future."--Martha's Vineyard Magazine
"A fascinating study of the Vineyard's history, ecology and development."--Cape Cod Times
Won the 2018 Prose Award in Environmental Science

"Opening this book is like opening a vault filled with discoveries about the natural and human history of a magnificent island. David Foster has created an important and unique work, a journey through time, about the creation and future of a magical place."--Jeff Fager, Executive Producer, 60 Minutes
"David Foster has created what is indisputably the most important volume about Martha's Vineyard ever written."--Paul Schneider, editor of Martha's Vineyard Magazine and author of The Enduring Shore, A History of Cape Cod, Martha's Vineyard, and Nantucket
"Even for those of us who do not live on the island, the idea of Martha's Vineyard--people living in harmony with natural beauty--inspires. David Foster shows us how this waking dream is threatened, but also offers hope that the Vineyard can still offer an example of peaceful co-existence and kinship between humans and the rest of nature. A beautiful book."--Richard Louv, author of Last Child in the Woods and The Nature Principle
"This book is a masterwork that uses one small island to share the news of thousands of years of relations among people, land, and sea. Intimate and global as well as a history, almanac, atlas, and handy reference, A Meeting of Land and Sea is natural history that reads like a novel. It is an epic in which to wander for hours."--Jesse H. Ausubel, Director, Program for the Human Environment, Rockefeller University
"It is remarkable in the breadth of material woven together into that history. . . . The manuscript is a tour de force."--Charles D. Canham, Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies